Two Indiana teens arrested for 14-year-old’s fatal shooting
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E) – Two teenage boys from Indianapolis, Indiana who accidentally shot and killed a 14-year-old boy Wednesday have been taken in police custody.
Authorities said that 18-year-old Kevin Edwards brought a rifle to a house in LeFleur Court on the southeast side around 8 p.m. Tuesday and allowed his 15-year-old step-brother to handle it. When 14-year-old Nicholas King arrived, the step-brothers decided to pull a prank on him and scare him with the gun. But after opening the door, the 15-year-old fired and a round from the rifle struck King in the neck.
King was pronounced dead at the scene.
Edwards, who was taken to the arrestee processing center, will face a felony charge of criminal recklessness. His stepbrother, who is now at the juvenile holding facility, has been charged with reckless homicide.
The case will be handled by the Marion County Prosecutor’s office.
In a 2009 Children’s Defense Fund report, 138 accidental shootings have been documented for children and teens under age 20 nationwide, around 66 of them were between 15-19 years-old.